Hunter/Jumper Program Director
Gry McFarlane, formerly Gry Gunderson, started riding at the age of 10. She rode successfully as a junior and amateur before becoming a professional. For over 30 years, she has been teaching riders from beginner to Grand Prix. Gry has been involved as the primary groundsman and manager of a single rider she coached from the local Northern California circuit to the International Jumper ring, with numerous Grand Prix wins along the way. As a professional instructor, she believes that a positive teaching style with specially designed exercises, produces successful horses and riders. Under her tutelage, both horse and rider quickly become adept problem solvers, a must with today's complicated courses.
Gry has a long, successful track record of matching horse and rider. This has resulted in many lasting and competitive partnerships. Among a few of her training accomplishments are: Multiple Grand Prix and Derby wins, winner of the 2005 USET West Coast Finals, multiple winners of the Nor Cal Hunter Jumper Jr and Amateur Medal Finals, winner of the WCE Finals, and winner of the CPHA Jr and Amateur Finals.
She is very proud to have been the trainer of many current top professionals of today, some but certainly not all of them, are Ned Glynn, Samantha Imperato, Paul Bennet, Denise Borges, Lindsay Archer, Kelly Maddox, Je Fields, Fred Lackman and many more. Ms. McFarlane has also been involved in the selection and training of top show-jumpers as well as equitation horses. Under her training, horses have excelled in everything from the 5 year old YJC Finals to the World Cup Grand Prix ring with major wins in the Equitation arena as well. Gry is very proud to be the mother of Ian McFarlane, who is now competing in the 1.40m Junior Jumper Division and the Grand Prix on his current horse Celio Cruise. Gry has recently become one of the elite group of professional horsemen in this country to become a USHJA certified trainer.
Dressage Program Director
Henk Glijn, formally trained in Holland, has spent the last 35 years riding and training international dressage horses. Henk credits the late Piet Oothout, one of the most influential masters of dressage and Chef d Equipe of the Dutch Olympic Team, with providing the foundation for his success.
Henk has trained and competed many horses from the lower levels through FEI. In 1993, Henk and his stallion, Zodiak, were 3rd in the nation for Canada in the Grand Prix. Henk continues to coach riders of all levels, ranging from serious amateurs looking to improve their performance to internationally competitive horse and rider combinations in the US, Canada, and Europe.
Henk’s riding philosophy focuses on the achievement of balance through finesse not force and a back to front common sense approach. Henk incorporates these principles into his lessons, which are fun and informative for all riders from the novice to the Grand Prix.
Kendall started riding at the age of 5. She rode hunters and competitive dressage through high school, qualifying for the Regional Championships with her horse, Mousse.
Kendall is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University with a major in Equine Business Management, where she also managed the equine facility. She rode on the University Dressage Team, placing fth at Nationals.
Kendall has worked as a riding instructor and trainer, at both Baywood Equestrian and Miwok Stables. She had ridden with many top trainers including Axel Steiner, Conrad Schumacher and Jane Weatherwax.
We are fortunate that Kendall will be living on site, at Nicasio Riding Club, ensuring that all of the horses are in good hands, 24/7.
Stephanie Favaloro-Elliot began her journey and love for horses at an early age riding with her godmother, an accomplished dressage rider. A native San Franciscan, she started riding at the Golden Gate Park Stables and then to barns in the North Bay. Her journey continued to riding and instructing in Ireland, Texas, Stanford University Equestrian Center and the world renowned Yorkshire Riding Center, England.
A student, apprentice and instructor of Olympian siblings Jane Bartle-Wilson and Badminton Champion and Gold Medalist German Eventing Trainer, Christopher Bartle for 11 years. Over the past 20 years of learning, competing and instructing, Stephanie has also taken clinics with some of the Equestrian worlds most renowned trainers, including: Major Anders Lindgren, Hans Von Blixen Finecke, Robert Hoekstra, Mary D’Arcy-O’Connell.
A British Horse Society Certified Instructor, Stephanie’s passion and commitment is in helping both horse and rider develop a better understanding as the key to building the foundation of this trust based relationship. Developing this partnership is the cornerstone of Stephanie’s coaching approach: to bring out the best from the special partnership between the horse and the rider.
Stephanie delivers a great experience for equestrians at all levels and disciplines and looks forward to working with you and your horse at Nicasio Riding Club.